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The Enfield Haunting Fri­day, 9.40pm, BBC First (117)

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Peggy Hodg­son is a ha­rassed sin­gle mother with four chil­dren: Mar­garet, 12, Janet, 11, Johnny, 10, and Billy, 7. They live in a semide­tached coun­cil house at 284 Green Street, Enfield, north Lon­don. Bizarre, un­ex­plained things be­gin to oc­cur: there are drips in a cup­board, beds shake, wa­ter ap­pears on the floor, ob­jects fly around rooms, fam­ily and visi­tors are as­saulted, and graf­fiti ap­pears on the walls. Janet (Eleanor Wor­thing­ton-Cox) ap­pears to be pos­sessed; she be­comes the mouth­piece for a for­mer owner, Bill Wilkins, who died in the house years ear­lier. This chill­ing three-part drama is based on their story, one that fas­ci­nated Bri­tain as it un­folded in 1977. The truth be­hind the weird oc­cur­rences has never been ex­plained although some peo­ple sus­pect a hoax. Adapted from This House is Haunted by Guy Lyon Play­fair, the se­ries tells of the Hodg­sons’ terror and the ef­forts by po­lice, psychics, ex­perts in the oc­cult and re­porters to find out what’s go­ing on. A poltergeist spe­cial­ist, Mau­rice Grosse (Ti­mothy Spall), a mem­ber of the world’s old­est para­nor­mal re­search or­gan­i­sa­tion, the So­ci­ety for Psy­chi­cal Re­search, is de­ter­mined to un­mask the dark forces. Hav­ing lost his young daugh­ter in a play­ground ac­ci­dent, he wants to pro­tect Janet. This is a fas­ci­nat­ing, but creepy, story that makes you won­der.

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